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Alex Illikainen leaves Wisconsin men’s basketball program | Wisconsin Badgers Men’s Basketball

Senior Alex Illikainen has left the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program, the team announced Monday afternoon.

Illikainen will remain enrolled in school, according to a news release.

The 6-foot-9 forward didn’t play in the Badgers’ 85-63 season-opening home win over Coppin State last Tuesday. Twelve UW players appeared in the blowout, including walk-ons Michael Ballard and Walt McGrory, but Illikainen remained on the bench.

Illikainen averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds while appearing in 85 games during his career, all as a reserve. His playing time decreased each season, going from 9.8 minutes per game in 33 appearances as a freshman to 8.3 in 27 games as a sophomore to 6.8 in 25 games as a junior.

Illikainen is the second member of UW’s five-man recruiting class to leave the program. Forward Andy Van Vliet transferred to William & Mary following the 2017-18 season.

“We wish Alex luck as he continues to pursue earning his degree from the University of Wisconsin in May,” UW coach Greg Gard said in a statement. “We also want to thank him for his efforts during his three-plus years with our program.”

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